Category Archives: education

Why I served my country: Veterans tell how military experience opened doors, broadened outlooks, taught valuable skills

BY JIM HOWE For some it was a way to afford college or gain entry into the working world. For others, it was duty. Military service changes the lives of many Americans, including several who now work in a variety … Continue reading

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A sculptor shares her life history

BY JOEL POTASH, MD On the back wall of Upstate University Hospital’s lobby is a bronze plaque memorializing the Syracuse Dispensary. It was created in 1964 by the artist Dorothy Riester. As she neared her 99th birthday last fall, Riester … Continue reading

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‘Hello, and welcome’ to Upstate’s new president

Upstate Medical University’s new president, Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, is a native of Haiti who immigrated to the United States in 1962 and who speaks multiple languages. When you meet her, surprise her by saying “hello, and welcome” in a language … Continue reading

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How to train doctors who will care for the underserved

An analysis of the mission statements for every American medical school reveals a recipe for producing doctors who will provide primary care to communities in need. Many students begin medical school idealistically, with a desire to become primary care doctors … Continue reading

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How Maxine Thompson’s life lessons mirror Upstate’s diversity advances

Upstate’s Maxine Thompson was asked to give a talk titled “My Story” as part of Crouse Hospital’s Black History Month celebration. This is an excerpt. My presentation has two parts. Part one is my personal story, as requested. Part two … Continue reading

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What you think you know about the importance of touch is probably incorrect

  BY JIM HOWE As someone who has spent years caring for cancer patients, Upstate nurse practitioner Katherine “Kitty” Leonard figured that most chemotherapy patients would appreciate a gentle touch during treatment and fear being touched during invasive procedures, such … Continue reading

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Haitian-born student shares similarities with Upstate president

Third-year medical student Kethia Eliezer introduced Upstate’s new president, Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, at a welcoming reception Thursday night. Both are natives of Haiti. “When it was first announced that Dr. Laraque Arena would be the new SUNY Upstate president last … Continue reading

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Black History ceremony features new president, honors Black National Anthem

Upstate’s Black History Month opening ceremony is being held at 11:30 a.m. today (Wednesday, Feb. 3) at the Campus Activities Building. The event includes music, poetry, prayers, awards, a soul food-with-a-healthy-twist lunch and a speech by Upstate’s new president, Danielle … Continue reading

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Baby King needs a bone marrow donor. Can you help?

King Nazir Leon, age 2, has CD40 Ligand deficiency, a rare disease that affects his immune system and is life-threatening. He has monthly, day-long treatments at the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse. His mother, Denisha DeLee, is vigilant about … Continue reading

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New Upstate displays honor students, faculty, patients and providers

Three areas at Upstate Medical University have new displays, all created to celebrate its students and faculty, patients and providers. Students at Weiskotten  A new series of wall panels can be found in Weiskotten Hall, a historic Greek-style academic building that … Continue reading

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